FROM Margarita Fernandez
Audit Shows State Lands Commission Left Lease Money on the Table A state audit released yesterday shows that California has lost more than $8 million because of private companies that are not paying rent on state-owned land. The State Lands Commission, which is charged with collecting lease money, acknowledges the lost funds but claims that staff cuts have hampered their ability to conduct the necessary audits and appraisals of the land. We hear more from Margarita Fernandez, Chief of Public Affairs for the California State Auditor, and from Curtis Fossum, Executive Director of the California State Lands Commission.
More Upheaval at LA's Department of Children and Family Services There's more trouble for Los Angeles County over the deaths of children from abuse and neglect, while they're under supervision by the Department of Children and Family Services . For the third time in nine months, a director of has resigned, as the County is defying a state subpoena for departmental records.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?